Gordon Derbyshire was born in the West Kootenay town of Trail and grew up in Westbank, which he still calls home. His interest in painting started as a young man, with his formal training coming in the form of private art lessons from 13 to 16 and workshops at the Okanagan Summer School of the Arts.

The process of creating art itself has been a lifelong education. His work reflects his unique vision developed during decades of drawing and painting. Growing up in the wilds of B.C. has influenced the subjects that Gordon paints; the rugged mountains, beautiful valley, and ranch lands, along with the inhabitants both past and present. An important focus of his subject matter is the beautiful Okanagan valley where he lives and paints. Gordon worked as a professional illustrator for three decades and now devotes his full efforts to painting.

“The essence of a scene and the mood that is created from the light and colour is what I endeavour to capture in my paintings. My conscious effort is to put down only the essential brush strokes.”    

Gordon’s latest work can be viewed at Hambleton Galleries in Kelowna, B.C.

Contact 250 707 0611

Solo Exhibitions:
Heritage Gallery - Westbank B.C. 1994
Horizons West Gallery - Calgary Alta. 1990

Group Exhibitions:
Hambleton Galleries 60th anniversary show Dec 2023
Under 500 show - Penticton Art Gallery - Penticton B.C. 2018
Canada Culture Days - Heritage Retirement Resort - West Kelowna B.C. 2017
The Perfect Palette – The Cove Resort – West Kelowna B.C. 2012
Art in the Park - West Kelowna B.C. 2011
Heritage Gallery - Westbank B.C. 1993
Lloyd Gallery - Penticton B.C. 1992
Glenmore Gallery - Kelown B.C.a 1991
Trails West Gallery, Calgary Alta. 1990
R.Dow Reid Gallery, Kelowna B.C. 1980, 82, 88, 1990

2008-Current - licensed illustration - Desperate.com - Sharon Center, Ohio
1999-Current - Canada Games, World Curling, Arctic Winter Games Illustration - EventMax - Kelowna, B.C.
1988-2007 - Harley-Davidson - licensed design – Hamilton Sportswear, Vancouver B.C.
1984-1987 - Art Director Nucrest Wholesale Kelowna, B.C.

2016 - Summer Art Scene for Youth - Graphic Design workshop. Exploring the wold of Photoshop. SASFY website
2017 - Summer Art Scene for Youth - Illustration workshop workshop.

Gordon is  published in the books, Brushes in the Sun (1994), Okanagan Spotlight (1993) and Artists of the Okanagan (1988)

If you paint a man leaning over, your own back must ache. (N. C. Wyeth)